Litter on the side of the A22 Uckfield by-pass in January 2018

Council boss admits roadside litter is appalling

Litter on the verges of major roads in Uckfield and across the Wealden district is “appalling”.

The admission has been made by a senior member of Wealden District Council, the authority responsible for dealing with problem.

It has contracted the work to Kier.

Cllr Roy Galley, district council portfolio holder for waste management, said: “The main performance issue at present is the appalling amount of litter on the verges of major roads and we continue to tackle Kier about this.

Roy Galley

Cllr Roy Galley

“Yet more management changes may explain the lack of consistency in dealing with this.”

At the weekend, this website featured comments by the Brighter Uckfield campaign in which they said it was believed Wealden did not pick litter from roadside to a timetable but instead respond to public complaints.

Recycled plastics

Cllr Galley also said recycled plastics collected in the area are unaffected by China halting imports of other nation’s waste.

Kier, the company which collects waste and recycling for the district council, uses a recycling company which does not export to China.

He said there had been media reports about China’s ban but that would not be “an immediate problem for us”. See: UK faces build up of plastic waste (external link)

New contract

Plans are now complete to find a new contractor to replace Kier, which is giving up the contract in 2019.

Tenders from companies interested in taking over the contract are now being invited.

Rubbish would be collected fortnightly, as now, as would be recycling.

However, there would be no separate box for glass which, under the new contract, would be “co-mingled” with other recyclables.

A separate quote is being sought for food waste collection, in case that becomes a Government requirement at some time in the future.

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